INVESTING in services for young people would help to end the "binge drinking culture" in today's society, says a survey.
New figures show that some councils are spending less than £1 a week per head on much- needed youth services in towns and cities.
But it is only by investing in clubs and organised activities for young people that an end can be put to alcohol-related crime, says the report by the GMB union.
The sums are based on figures supplied by councils to the Audit Commission.
"The provision of youth clubs and other social activities, where young people can develop their social skills in a controlled environment, has to be seen as a necessary antidote to commercial interests, who see the youth as a source of income and profits," said Neil Derrick, GMB senior organiser in public services.
"We need to invest in our youth if we want an end to the binge drinking that grows up in the absence of these clubs."
The average figure for England is £91.65.
In Yorkshire and Humberside, Calderdale was the highest spender, at £133.40 per head in 2003/04.
Kirklees came 12th, with £63.31.
Barnsley was at the bottom in the Yorkshire and Humberside league, spending £46.93 per head.